recess[rē′ses; also, & for v. usually, ri ses′]
Children playing at school recess.
- Recess means a break time.
- An example of recess is when Congress is not in session.
- An example of recess is when students take a break from school work to play outside.
- The definition of a recess is an indentation in a wall or other surface.
An example of a recess is a light fixture that is slightly embedded into the ceiling.
- To recess is to take a break.
An example of to recess is to stop a trial for lunch.
- a receding or hollow place, as in a surface, wall, etc.; niche
- a secluded, withdrawn, or inner place: subterranean recesses, the recesses of the subconscious
- a temporary withdrawal from or halting as of work, business, or study
- in elementary school, a scheduled period of relaxation or play, esp. outdoors
- Anat. a small cavity, hollow, indentation, etc. in an organ or part
Origin of recessClassical Latin recessus ; from past participle of recedere: see recede
- to place or set in a recess
- to form a recess in
- ☆ to halt temporarily: to recess a hearing
- a. A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit: The chairman of the committee called for a recess until Thursday. See Synonyms at pause.b. A period in the school day during which students are given time to play or relax.
- often recesses A remote, secret, or secluded place: a bird that lives deep in the recesses of the forest.
- a. An indentation or small hollow: Dirt accumulated in the recesses of the statue.b. An alcove.
verbre·cessed, re·cess·ing, re·cess·es
- To place in a recess.
- To create or fashion a recess in: recessed a portion of the wall.
- To suspend for a recess: The committee chair recessed the hearings.
Origin of recessLatin recessus, retreat, from past participle of recēdere, to recede; see recede1.
- (countable or uncountable) A break, pause or vacation.
- Spring recess offers a good chance to travel.
- An inset, hole, space or opening.
- Put a generous recess behind the handle for finger space.
- (US) A time of play, usually, on a playground.
- Students who do not listen in class will not play outside during recess.
- A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
- (archaic) A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat.
- the recess of the tides
- (archaic) The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
- (archaic) A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
- A secret or abstruse part.
- the difficulties and recesses of science
- (botany, zoology) A sinus.
(third-person singular simple present recesses, present participle recessing, simple past and past participle recessed)
- To inset into something, or to recede.
- Wow, look at how that gargoyle recesses into the rest of architecture.
- Recess the screw so it does not stick out.
- (intransitive) To take or declare a break.
- This court shall recess for its normal two hour lunch now.
- Class will recess for 20 minutes.
- (informal) To appoint, with a recess appointment.
- To make a recess in.
- to recess a wall
- (obsolete, rare) Remote, distant (in time or place).
- Thomas Salusbury: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: I should think it best in the subsequent discourses to begin to examine whether the Earth be esteemed immoveable, as it hath been till now believed by most men, or else moveable, as some ancient Philosophers held, and others of not very recesse times were of opinion;
From Latin recessus.